West Mayo Municipal District

  • The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council has called on the executive of the local authority to immediately restore funding under the GMA fund, a fund that provides important monies to a wide variety of voluntary and community groups. 

    Speaking to Midwest Radio News today Brendan Mulroy insisted that his colleagues in West Mayo are not accepting the position of Council Directive of Services Catherine McConnell, who yesterday told the Belmullet/ Westport Municipal District meeting that the 465,000 euro fund for their municipal district is paused.

    She explained that the monies are simply not there at present to pay out the funds approved to the variety of successful applicants under the funding scheme. She said that does mean that it will never be paid out, but with Mayo County Council losing 1.75 million euro in income per month during the present pandemic – it’s not clear now, where the money will be found.

    Despite her explanation councillors in west Mayo insisted on approving the funding in their area and said the motion will come again before the complete meeting of Mayo County Council next month, and they were confident that their colleagues in the other three municipal districts in the county will support the motion.

  • Erris-based Councillor Séan Carey is the new Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District.

    The Fianna Fail councillor was elected unopposed at today's AGM of the Municipal District.


  • Councillors at the West Mayo Municipal District meeting today voted in favour to grant permission for the Portwest construction on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    A total of 93 submissions have been submitted by members of the public and a number of local organisations to West Mayo Municipal District on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    The matter came before elected councillors at today’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo  Municipal district, in Westport.

    Councillors were asked to approve what’s termed a “material contravention” of the Westport Town and Environs Development plan in order to grant permission for the Portwest construction. The area at Roman Island, The Quay, Westport  is not zoned for such a development under the present area development  plan.

    The proposed development by Portwest includes an office building and café and is predominately 4 storeys in height. It will include office space for the Portwest Global Head Office . It also includes 91 car parking spaces and 30 covered bicycle spaces, signage, hard and soft landscaping and all associated infrastructure and site development works on a site area of 0.6ha at the Quay.

    At today’s meeting the number of submissions received from the public both in favour and against the proposal were presented to councillors.

    Councillors voted 6-1 in favour of the Material Contravention.



  • The number of houses in the West Mayo Municipal District that appear to be left vacant is of concern in light of the number of people on the council housing waiting list, according to Fine Gael
    Councillor in Westport Tereasa McGuire.

    The Councillor sought clarification from council management at this week’s monthly meeting of West Mayo Municipal District as to the exact number of vacant houses in the area.

    She said that a national initiative, spearheaded by Director of Services Tom Gilligan called vacanthomes.ie , should indicate how many homes are left vacant in the area.

    Council management said they did not have the figures to hand, but would secure them for the Councillor but explained that it is always a fluid situation as to how many houses are vacant at any given time due to a variety of circumstances.

  • West Mayo councillors appeared stunned yesterday when it was revealed that GMA funding withheld from local voluntary groups, was accessed by council management to fund its own events like Mayo Day.

    The news was revealed at a special draft 2019 budget meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District yesterday evening.

    GMA funding, monies given out to voluntary groups from a fund controlled by councillors, was stalled this year in West Mayo because council management insisted the GMA could not be paid out unless councillors agreed to raise more money in car parking fees. In the case of west Mayo that additional funding could be secured through car parking charges being introduced on Westport streets. Just last month councillors who had long opposed the idea of on street car parking charges eventually agreed to allow them to go ahead in Westport. They will come into operation early in 2019.

    Yesterday councillors demanded answers from council management as to why they were not informed of the GMA allocations to Mayo Day and the twinning celebrations for St Patrick’s Day.

    Newport based independent councillor Michael Holmes told Midwest News this morning that he and other councillors are not questioning the value of these allocations but rather the process that was used to approve them in light of the controversial year regarding GMA allocations.